30 Days Later…

By Monday, December 15, 2014 1 0

At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food. -Daniel 1:15

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Chris and I started a Whole30 challenge in the middle of November. If you’re not familiar with Whole30, it’s a 30 day diet (they wouldn’t call it that but it DEFINITELY IS) that limits the foods you eat, not caloric intake. It’s based on the book “It Starts With Food.” For 30 days, we avoided grains, dairy, sugar and sweetener of any kind, legumes, soy and processed food, and synthetic oils.

 

Our fruit bowl overfloweth. (3 bunches of bananas not shown). #whole30

 

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Prioritizing things like organic, grass-fed, pastured and, wild-caught, we could eat any meat and eggs for protein. In addition to a palm-sized protein portion, we ate two servings of vegetables at each meal and an occasional fruit and nut snack. We exclusively cooked with (or used) olive oil, avocado oil, ghee and bacon fat. To see some of the things I made while we ate Whole 30, check out my Pinterest board. We battled Thanksgiving and two Christmas parties with this limited diet, but overall we ate really good food and improved our health. Here are some reasons I am thankful to have completed my first Whole30. I feel better. Digestive issues, muscle cramps and just general feeling gross have all cleared up. I am sleeping better. My 14 month old was not sleeping through the night when we started, and consequently, neither was I. But I was also struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep and feel rested by the sleep I did get. Once we started Whole30, my sleep improved even though Austin’s did not (though it’s better now!). I lost weight and fit into a dress I could not wear in September. We slayed the sugar dragon. Chris eats gluten and dairy free all the time. Sometimes people hear this and say, “you must eat so healthy!” But really, the opposite is true. Gluten-free foods are FULL of sugar to make up for the lack of flavor. So we ate a lot of sugar and craved a lot of sugar. I plan to use honey and maple syrup almost exclusively, and we won’t be eating naughty baked goods quite so often.

I am comfortable making things from scratch. I have made my own bone broth (both turkey and chicken) pasta sauce, ketchup, vegetable oil free mayonnaise, and a slew of salad dressings. Sometimes twice in one day. My coworkers in Spain tell me this will come in handy, because premade food, even spaghetti sauce, is hard to find in Spain.

Sort of related, I learned a new way to cook. I grew up eating whole foods, not packaged, and I am grateful for the healthy foundation I received. But my idea of a healthy plate included a big helping of grains – rice, potatoes, pasta, cous cous, quinoa, garlic bread. Now, while I know I won’t be avoiding every bag of corn chips that comes my way, I am comfortable putting my taco filling (or bolognese or shrimp scampi or even cincinatti chili!) on top of a big bed of sauteed cabbage.

We saved money. Although our grocery bills were higher than ever before, we ate out one time in 30 days (and it was at the Whole Foods salad bar). No fast food, no dinner date nights, no coffee stops.

 

(I included that verse from Daniel to be funny. I know the context is significantly different).

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  • All I can say is the omelet looks very good! Maybe you’ll get fatter like Daniel and his friends!